Byron de Arakal Applies For Planning Commission
There is good news for the residents of Costa Mesa this morning. Former Parks & Recreation Commissioner Byron de Arakal has filed an application for a position on the Planning Commission. His tenure on the Parks & Recreation Commission included a year as its Chairman.
SOLID COMMUNITY ROOTS
Byron is a 4th generation Californian and an 18 year Costa Mesa resident and the father of four children who have gone through the Newport-Mesa schools. The eldest three all have graduated and his youngest, Melanie, currently attends Corona del Mar High School.
Byron is a no-nonsense guy, known for his sharp mind and quick wit. He's not a developer, but understands that side of the table. As a public relations consultant he specializes in land use issues and entitlements and deals with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues frequently.
Some will recall that he has been a columnist for the Daily Pilot a couple different times and his strong communication skills would make an excellent addition to the Planning Commission - particularly since the configuration of that body is in such a state of flux. There could be as many as three vacancies before it's meeting in January.
RIGHT GUY, RIGHT TIME
As I said in the beginning, this is good new for our city at a time when we sorely need some. Byron will be among those considered for at least one Planning Commission vacancy at the first City Council meeting in 2011.